Our Fall 2021 programming is still virtual this semester, but we've created some fun and engaging science activities for students to do at home or in the classroom. Many of these activities are linked to the new BC Science curriculum.

We've also provided a Science Inquiry Video series that include teacher's workbooks and guides on how to support the concepts in the video. 

Meet a Scientist and Meet an SFU Student virtual series - Fall 2021  

Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30pm via Zoom - links to be sent on email closer to the date.
High School teachers are welcome to book their classes, first come first served – to any or all sessions within this series. Email sfuscienceoutreach@sfu.ca now to book your group.
We offer a wide variety of topics, a chance for Q&A/discussions and opportunities to get to know our scientists/researchers at SFU.

Download the complete schedule here.


October 6, 2021 - "How learning about physics changed my life"

As a young adult, Rasoul Narimani worked on his father’s farm. His passion for science and technology led him to obtain a B.Sc. in physics and a master’s degree in theoretical physics at Isfahan University of Technology, one of Iran’s top five universities. In 2007 a PhD scholarship from Simon Fraser University brought him to the Vancouver region to pursue his education in hydrogen fuel cell membranes. His PhD led him to collaborate with local high tech companies supported by the National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada.

October 13, 2021 - "Marine science on the coastal margin – from the rugged coast of BC to the warm waters of California"

Biologist Tanya Prinzing shares her career as a scientific scuba diver who researches everything from kelp forests to bottom-dwelling sharks. She will discuss  the fascinating diversity of life that lies within the West Coast's murky waters.

October 20, 2021 - “Pathways through mathematics”

Whether or not you plan to become a mathematician, chances are you will find yourself in a mathematics classroom along the way! Sophie Burrill, a lecturer in SFU's Department of Mathematics will discuss what's awesome about mathematics, what some SFU math classes are like, and why students might want to leverage some mathematical prowess in their future career paths.

October 27, 2021 - “Learning to move in the face of environmental and body challenges”

Adapting to changes in the environment with our body and retaining what is learned is essential for survival and performing many daily activities. Join Dan Marigold, a professor in SFU's Department of Biomedical Kinesiology & Physiology, and discover how the brain learns to control movement when faced with a challenge and how insight into the factors that influence this ability can help in the rehabilitation of those with neurological impairment.

November 3, 2021 - “How bugs changed my world"

Tammy McMullan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at SFU who says that she wouldn’t be teaching today if it weren’t for bugs. She will share her story of how her fascination with insects changed her life. She says that students will be surprised to learn how many people, who loved bugs as children, went on to make big impacts on our culture and lives.

November 10, 2021 - “Modeling and managing insurance risks”

Do you know how insurance works? What are the risks that insurance providers face? In this presentation, Yi Lu, a professor in SFU's Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science will answer these questions and show you how to mitigate and manage these risks through several examples in life insurance and property and casualty (P&C) insurance. You will also learn about Actuarial Science and the areas of research in this field.

November 17, 2021 - “Exploring the Opportunities and Limits of Nanoscale Materials”

A vast array of nanoscale materials can be customised through synthetic techniques. The study of how these materials form and how we can shape matter in different ways on the length scale of a few to tens of nanometers is fascinating, and the applications that they enable are ever pressing as they could afford materials properties not previously observed in previous materials. Chemistry professor Byron Gates will show how these small materials are changing the world around us and assisting in enabling transformations in how we produce chemicals, how we utilise and store energy, how we utilise and prepare therapeutics, and much more.

November 24, 2021 - “A quest to find biomarkers for newborn sepsis”

Infectious diseases are 3 of the top 10 leading causes of death globally, accounting for ~7% of deaths in Canada. We do not have a clear understanding of why newborn infants are particularly at risk for infection. In this talk, professor Amy Li from SFU's Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry will discuss some of her lab's current research on newborn immune development, vaccine responses and infection.

December 1, 2021 - “Earthquake-triggered landslides, hazards in the mountain”

Landslides are a major hazard when earthquakes happen. They are common in seismic countries like Japan or Chile, but may also occur in western Canada. Engineering geologist and SFU Earth Sciences professor Sergio Sepulveda will share how we can learn from these processes and assess their risk for future events.

December 8, 2021 - “Individual differences in brains”

We are individuals with distinct preferences, talents, and responses to disease and injury. Much of our individuality comes from the differences among our brains. Dylan Cooke, a professor in SFU's Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology will show how differences in brains affect the way we learn and recover from injury by focusing on the brain region that controls voluntary muscle movements (e.g., reaching, walking).

Science Inquiry Video Series

These videos were produced with School District 43 and are based on the "inquiry" method of teaching science. 

Click here for the Teacher's Guide to Exercise & Heart Rate

Click here for the Teacher's Guide to Starry Lights

Click here for the Teacher's Guide to Glaciers & Climate Change

To register your class for any of the workshops listed below, please email sfuscienceoutreach@sfu.ca. Workshops are free and offered via Zoom. 


Online lessons to do in your home or classroom for K-7


Online lessons to do in your home or classroom for Grades 8-12



Use common items found at home to fuel chemistry experiments! Each activity takes approximately 15 minutes, with the exception of No Peel Eggs. 

Note to parents/guardians: Adult supervision is required when handling a utility knife, scissors or hot glue gun